Regional Recap, May 19, 2011

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Accused Contractor’s Case Thrown Out. An Anne Arundel County judge presiding over the trial of a contractor accused of scamming homeowners decided to dismiss the case on Wednesday.The judge tossed out the case against Gregg Haigis after agreeing with defense claims that their client didn’t intend to steal from homeowners when allegedly charging them for unfinished home improvement work.”I’m not surprised by the verdict in this situation,” said defense attorney David Putzi. “I think, in this particular case, that it was pretty clear to us from the onset that this was going to be a civil matter. The state was attempting to bring a civil matter into a criminal court, and it just wasn’t going to work.”More than a dozen homeowners filed complaints against Haigis and Bay Area Design and Build.

Prof Says ‘Twinkie Diet’ Worked For Him.  Can the so-called Twinkie diet help with weight loss and improved cholesterol? A nutrition professor in Kansas said it worked for him.Mark Haub, an associate professor of human nutrition at Kansas State University, knows which foods are healthy and which aren’t. Yet, for two and a half months, he ate mostly junk food as part of a class project.

School: Time For Pranks To Stop.  A number of pranks at Western High School have led to top administrators saying they won’t allow such incidents to compromise student safety.11 News education reporter Tim Tooten said concern about the recent pranks has even caused some alumni and students to say that it’s gone too far.

Hall Of Fame Horse Trainer Helps Rival’s Son.  Hall of fame horse trainer Nick Zito won’t let a rivalry stop him from making a difference in the life of his competitor.Zito made a donation on behalf of Chris Grove’s young son, even though his horse, Dialed In, is running against Grove’s Norman Asbjornson this weekend.Zito actually tried to purchase Asbjornson last year, but plans fell through. However, that still hasn’t kept him from forming a tight-knit bond with those closest to the horse.

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